The rich are getting richer – and they’ve got their billion (or million) dollar homes to show for it. For billionaire CEOs and tycoons, these price tags define “appropriate” homes. Whether you’re looking for an inspiration or are just curious about the lavish lifestyles of the world’s richest, check out the top 10 most expensive homes around the globe.
- Xanadu 2.0, Medina, Washington (USD 125.5 Million)
The globe’s second-richest man and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates owns the 10th home on this list. Reports say it took him seven years to personalize this modern, yet rustic “smart” property. He named the 66,000 square foot residence after the lead character in Citizen Kane. The high-tech compound has its own underground garage, a reception hall, a library with a dome ceiling, a gym and a pool building.
- Hearst Mansion, Beverly Hills, California (USD 135 Million)
This enormous Italian-style villa originally belonged to the newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst. However, lawyer Leonard Ross bought it from him in 1976. This mansion has 3 swimming pools, a night club, a cinema and 29 bedrooms.
- Seven the Pinnacle, Montana (USD 155 Million)
Time and Edra Blixseth are the owners of this ski lodge called the Yellowstone Club. Their home has a massage room, a gym, a huge wine cellar, fire places in bathrooms, an outdoor and indoor pool, heated floors, and 10 bedrooms.
- Palazzo di Amore, Beverly Hills, California (US 195 million)
This Mediterranean villa boasts to be the most expensive listing in the country when Jeff Greene, a real estate mogul, first listed it. It has its own ballroom, dance floor, waterfalls, reflecting pools and swimming pools. It even has tennis courts, a theater, a bowling alley, 23 bathrooms, 12 bedrooms and a massive garage that can fit 27 cars.
- Fairfield Pond, The Hamptons, New York (USD 225 Million)
The mansion owned by the American businessman Ira Rennert is built on a 63 acre land. It has 39 bathrooms, 29 bedrooms and several tennis courts. Some say it even has its own bowling alley.
- One Hyde Park Penthouse, Knightsbridge, Central London (USD 230 Million)
Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani who is the Foreign Affairs Minister of Qatar and former Prime Minister along with Christian Candy, the owner of CPC group and Project Grande (Guernsey) Ltd owns this penthouse that was completed in 2009. Sources say it has its own underground passage to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and has bullet-proof windows.
- Tour Odéon, Monte Carlo, Monaco (USD 400 Million)
Before it even opened in the spring of 2015, this lavish and gleaming 49-story building was already known as one of the most expensive homes in the globe. Its 560-foot skyscraper is the second-tallest structure on the Mediterranean skyline. Its rooftop has an infinity pool and water slide, and it even features a 360-degree view of the surrounding waters.
- Villa Leapolda – Cote D’Azure, France (USD 770 Million)
Situated in the French Riviera, the American architect Ogden Codman Jr. designed this villa back in 1929. King Leopold II of Belgium owned it before sharing it with his mistress Caroline Lacroix. Unfortunately, she was later evicted when the King died and his nephew who was now King Albert I took it. During World War I, it serves as a military home before banker Edmon Safra bought it in 1988. It has 14 bathrooms and 11 bedrooms, and is now owned by his late wife.
- 17 Upper Phillimore Gardens, Kensington, South-West London (USD 1 Billion)
Before the Ukrainian philanthropist and businesswoman Elena Franchuk bought the property, it served as a girl’s preparatory school. She first purchased it for about USD 99 Million, but now the property is valued at around USD 1 billion. The five-story home has its own panic room, a gym, sauna, an underground swimming pool and 10 bedrooms.
- Antilia, Altamount Road, South Mumbai (First Billion Dollar Home)
This asymmetrical tower might only have 27 stories, but it would’ve been 40 stories if it wasn’t for its double-heighted ceilings. This is the home of billionaire Indian business owner Mukesh Ambani and his family. The 40,000 square foot residence has three helipads, six underground parking levels, 600 employed staff and nine elevators. Its 2-story recreation center consists of a temple, terraced gardens and spa. It even has its own ballroom, theater and guest suites.
Suffice to say, this list can either depress you or inspire you. Instead of going down the darker path and feeling sorry for yourself, use this as your motivation to keep striving until a million dollar home is within your reach.